Caretaker Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Aneeq Ahmed has expressed resolve to strictly deal with the elements involved in the disruption of peace in the country.
In a tweet on Saturday, the Minister, terming Islam as a religion of peace said there is no room for incidents like Jaranwala tragedy.
He called on all segments of society to come forward and collectively play their part to end ignorance, religious hatred and extremism the in society.
Addressing the media on Friday he said the principles of Islam advocated no tolerance for tragic incidents such as the Jaranwala tragedy.
He emphasized that Islam was inherently a religion of peace, and the root causes of such unfortunate events often stemmed from a disconnect with religious teachings and a lack of education.
Speaking passionately about the need for collective action, he urged all segments of society to join forces in eradicating ignorance, religious animosity, and extremism. “Only through a united effort can we eliminate the factors that lead to such incidents,” he added.
The Jaranwala incident, which recently cast a shadow on Pakistan’s global image, prompted Minister Aneeq Ahmed to emphasize the role of the state in safeguarding minority communities. “It is the solemn duty of the state to protect and nurture the well-being of all its citizens,” he asserted, while also urging the public to remain vigilant and expose elements that seek to sow discord within their own communities.
In a bid to reassure the nation, he affirmed that the Jaranwala incident would not disrupt the prevailing atmosphere of religious harmony in Pakistan. He expressed confidence in the resilience of the country’s interfaith relations and urged leaders of various religions to collaborate in fostering mutual understanding and respect.
The minister also underscored the commitment of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony to inclusivity. “Our doors are open to followers of all faiths, and we welcome dialogue and cooperation to strengthen the bonds of unity,” he emphasized.
Promoting a sense of hope and solidarity, Minister Aneeq Ahmed concluded affirming the state’s unwavering determination to take strong action against any elements that threaten the peace and stability of Pakistani society.
Earlier, Aneeq Ahmed, the newly appointed Caretaker Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, formally assumed his ministerial duties on Friday. Upon his arrival at the ministry, he was greeted with a warm welcome by Secretary Aftab Akbar Durrani, accompanied by a host of other officials.